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Meet Xtra Mile 2019 Boston Marathon Runner Ben Wood

Ben Wood is a native of the North Shore region of Massachusetts and still resides in that area In his free time he enjoys playing basketball, boxing or walking trails in his town for relaxation. He has friends who have run the marathon before and has attended in past years with friends and running the marathon is actually on his bucket list. He says it’s not too crazy, but it’s an accomplishment no one can take from him. Special Olympics is a family matter for Ben as his grandfather spent over 30 years of his life working with the…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Meet Xtra Mile 2019 Boston Marathon Runner Bonnie Bence

Bonnie Bence grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and still lives in St. Louis with her husband.  They have four children: three sons and a daughter. Bonnie’s involvement with Special Olympics comes from her son, Chris.  Chris is the Senior Manager for the Business Department for Special Olympics Washington D.C. Bonnie first got involved with children with intellectual disabilities when she was 15 years old.  Her father was the person in her life who got her involved.  He was very involved with the St. Mary’s Special School in St. Louis.  He would get Bonnie and her brother involved and helping out…

Author: Jillian Neal

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Meet Xtra Mile 2019 Boston Marathon Runner Abbie Kaiser

Abbie Kaiser grew up in Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Boston, Massachusetts. At one time running was just a hobby, but now she trains more seriously and does other things in her free time. Her hobbies include watching movies, reading, cooking, or hanging out with her friends and family. Nine years ago, Abbie moved out to Boston to study at Northeastern University.  Over the years she has gotten involved with many parts of the community allowing Boston to feel more like her home.  She also feels the city has given her many opportunities. Abbie got involved with Special Olympics…

Author: Jillian Neal

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Meet Xtra Mile 2019 Boston Marathon Runner Abby Conners

Abby Conners grew up in Douglas, Massachusetts and currently lives in West Hartford, Connecticut.  Her hobbies besides running include exercising, walking her dogs and reading.  Growing up, Abby lived only an hour outside of Boston, making Boston a very easy place for her and her family to go and explore.  She always enjoyed watching the Boston Marathon on TV each year.  A quote she likes to live her life by is “In a world where you can be anything, always be kind”. Abby feels Special Olympics gives opportunities to children and adults with intellectual disabilities to participate in the…

Author: Jillian Neal

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Meet Xtra Mile 2019 Boston Marathon Runner Sean Dixon

Sean Dixon is a Massachusetts native.  He grew up in Shrewsbury and currently lives in South Boston where he has lived for the last three years.  Besides running, Sean spends his time working out and playing football or other sports, as well as volunteering in whatever other free time he has.  Growing up in Massachusetts his whole life, Sean and his family would often visit Boston. Special Olympics has meant everything to Sean and his family because Sean has a brother who has Down syndrome.  His brother has been a participant in many Special Olympics events over the years, which is…

Author: Jillian Neal

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Meet Xtra Mile 2019 Boston Marathon Runner Ken Collins

Ken Collins was born in Youngstown, Ohio and at 4-years-old he moved to Massachusetts and grew up in Raynham, Massachusetts.  Today, Ken still lives in Raynham in a house next to the one he grew up in with his wife, three kids, and dogs.  In his free time, Ken enjoys spending time outdoors.  Whether it’s hiking with his kids or just stilling by the pool with them.  Ken also enjoys coaching youth football in the fall.  The craziest thing that Ken says he has done so far in his life will be when he runs the Boston Marathon in…

Author: Jillian Neal

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Meet Xtra Mile 2019 Boston Marathon Runner Tim McLaughlin

Tim McLaughlin is a Pennsylvania native, from Collegeville, who now lives in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania with his wife and their four children.  Both Collegeville and Wynnewood are just outside of Philadelphia.  Besides his obvious enjoyment of running, Tim really enjoys spending his time with his family.  Whether it’s working out, playing golf, skiing, or other sports he loves being able to spend quality time with his family.  Tim and his family also really enjoy traveling.  Every aspect of the amazing city of Boston reminds Tim of Philadelphia.  There’s not just one thing that seems to remind him of Philadelphia.  It’s everything,…

Author: Jillian Neal

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Meet Xtra Mile 2019 Boston Marathon Runner Sabrina Goebel

Sabrina Goebel grew up in Westborough, Massachusetts.  Currently, she is a senior at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts.  Up until this year, Sabrina played on Bentley’s Women’s Lacrosse team.  Without lacrosse in her life anymore, Sabrina still enjoys fitness and working out.  Which in turn allows her to continue living a healthy lifestyle.  Sabrina has lived just 30 minutes outside of Boston her whole life.  This past summer, she worked in the city and she has gone to school in the city for the last four years. A motto that Sabrina chooses to live her life by is “Never stop…

Author: Jillian Neal

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Meet Xtra Mile 2019 Boston Marathon Runner Eric Spindt

Eric Spindt is a Southern California native who now lives in Framingham, Massachusetts with his wife, three kids, and their two dogs.  Besides his love of running, Eric enjoys any activity that involves spending time with his family.  It doesn’t matter what the activity may be, whether it’s skiing in the winter or golfing in the summer.  As long as Eric’s having a good time with his family, he’s able to enjoy and cherish the time that they get to spend together.  Eric originally moved to Boston in 1994 to study at Brandeis University.  He moved to Oregon for…

Author: Jillian Neal

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Historic 2018 for Special Olympics Massachusetts!

To close out 2018, we’re taking a look back at the top 10 Special Olympics Massachusetts moments of the year! From the 2018 USA Games in Seattle, to the unveiling of unprecedented partnerships and the celebration of Special Olympics’ 50th anniversary, 2018 has had plenty of memorable moments. Xtra Mile Boston Marathon Team runs 26.2 miles for inclusion On April 16, the 26 runners on the Unified Xtra Mile Boston Marathon team ran 26.2 miles for inclusion. The team raised over $318,800 for Special Olympics Massachusetts, an Xtra Mile team record! The team included board members, relatives of Special…

Author: Catherine Twing

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